This year's Miss America title was given to Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler. The 23-year-old won the pageant on Saturday, January 14 in Las Vegas, coming home with a $50,000 prize which she will use as scholarship to become a lawyer, specializing in helping children of incarcerated adults.
It was down between Kaeppeler and Miss Oklahoma, Betty Thompson. The former was asked whether peagant contestants should share their political affiliation. Kaeppeler said, "Miss America represents everyone, so I think the message to political candidates is that they represent everyone as well."